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April’s issue of the MSDN Magazine brings a great set of tutorials, ranging from using CSS3 queries to build a responsive web through to C++ and Kinect. Here’s the featured articles to give you a taster of what’s on offer:
Using CSS3 Media Queries to Build a More Responsive Web
Support for CSS3 Media Queries across all major desktop and mobile browsers means you can use context clues to deliver tailored experiences for a wide range of devices, as Brandon Satrom explains.
Kinect: Context-Aware Dialogue with Kinect Project Lily, a Kinect-enabled Windows Presentation Foundation application, represents an attempt to advance the means of context-aware dialogue as well as multi-modal communication through the creation of a virtual office assistant.
T4 Templates: Lowering the Barriers to Code Generation with T4 Microsoft’s T4 toolkit substantially lowers the barriers for incorporating code generation into your development process. Here’s how to build, implement, and debug your code generation solution—and how to recognize opportunities for code generation solutions.
Microsoft Office: Integrating Windows Workflow Foundation with the OpenXML SDK Learn how you can use the OpenXML SDK 2.0 to integrate Microsoft Office-compatible documents with Windows Workflow Foundation, without having to interact directly with the Office applications.
C++: A Code-Based Introduction to C++ AMP The C++ compiler shipping with Visual Studio 11 adds heterogeneous platform support through a technology called C++ Accelerated Massive Parallelism. C++ AMP is a data parallel API that enables developers to take advantage of the performance of accelerators such as GPUs for executing their data parallel algorithms. This article introduces the C++ AMP API.
C++ AMP: Introduction to Tiling in C++ AMP In C++ AMP, the most common and first step to dialing up performance gains to the next level is through a technique called tiling. This article picks up where Daniel Moth’s introduction to C++ AMP left off, and explains how to tile your C++ AMP algorithms.
BizTalk: Batching EDI Data in BizTalk Server 2010 Learn how to quickly and easily extract data from a source database and implement mapping and batching using several example scenarios.
CLR: An Overview of Performance Improvements in .NET 4.5 It’s not always about new features. Sometimes a framework is differentiated by performance, stability and reliability. Here’s a rundown of upcoming performance improvements in the .NET Framework 4.5 that affect the CLR, ASP.NET, ADO.NET, Entity Framework and more.